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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels

Vintages:
2009 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig) - (Purple Wax)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2015 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2014
65 cl bottle @ home (2012 vintage). Pours black with a tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee - with a bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Elijah Craig version, sampled side by side with the Heaven Hill Rye version, both thanks to Dak! Dark brown pour with a creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor is much the same. Roasty and delicious!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1926) - Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black. Good sized frothy creamy frothy medium brown head, fairly lasting with some lace. Aroma is roasty, chocolatey, a little ash, along with some soft subtle bourbon. Lighter full body. Creamy and ultra smooth. Flavor explodes! Roasty coffee. Dark chocolate. Ash. Extraordinarily smooth bourbon. Some alcohol warmth, but no booze whatsoever. Phenomenal balance. Fantastic! Way exceeded my expectations.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #3609. Purple wax, so I have the right listing. 4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left behind. 3.5 S: Compared to the BT blend, this is surprisingly mellow. Thereís less of everything. Less chocolate from the base beer, less bourbon, less intensity overall. Like the BT, the barrel aging is very good. No hints of astringency or off-flavors. Also, the booze is incredibly well hidden. The bourbon itself is leathery, lightly earthy, and superbly smooth. Less vanilla and oak in this one. Overall this is about as well put together as it can get, but itís lacking any sort of intensity or complexity. 3.5 T: The taste follows the nose in that this is super mellow, but not as impressive as it could be. There isnít much going on from the base beer except for a light chocolate and roastiness. Rather, this is just a showcase for the bourbon. Unfortunately, the bourbon isnít strong enough for this to be much of a success. Leathery with melon fruitiness, a light earthiness, and a mild booze. A lot more well rounded that the BT blend, but also not as potent. Thus, it ends up with the same score. 3.0 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch heavier than the BT blend. This could use a touch more carbonation, but itís within the acceptable range. Also lacking with creaminess. 3.5 D: This beer (and I assume the rest of what Iíll drink) suffers from the same problems as the previous variants Iíve had. Great barrel aging, but they started with a less than impressive stout. Put a little more effort in there, and this would be a gangbusters horizontal. As an aside, EC must be some good stuff since it came off so mellow, well rounded, and complete in this beer. I might have to pick up a bottle. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-21-2012 00:54:35

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1853) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. Thanks! The pour is a nice black with a lighter khaki colored head and a decent lace. The aroma is a little plainer than the Buffalo Trace that was just enjoyed. There is a pretty good bourbon element to it. Good vanilla and chocolate, but the nose just lacks. The flavor is definitely hotter than I was expecting. Good light roast. Some light chocolate present. Lingeringly bitter. Heavy bourbon. The mouth feel is light but well carbonated so it comes off creamy. I'm a fan of the Buffalo Trace a bit more, but it's good. Aftertaste is lingeringly smooth and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 09 vintage. Pour is dark black liquid with a dark tan head. The nose has hints of bourbon, a bit of wood, lightly smoked with dry chocolate and some malt sweetness. The flavor is bourbon up front, lots of wood, notes of dry chocolate with a fair bit of rich cake and some additional fruity malt sweetness in back. Fully bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry. One of the best in the tasting of the eclipse beers, rich and balanced with good integration.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1807) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Dark brown with thin watery edge. Full rich nose of bourbon, vanilla wood notes, and maybe some molasses. Taste is full on rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dark roast coffee. Just a full-on decadent bourbon bomb with very will integrated alcohol. Delicious, but interestingly not as complex as itís base beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
2011

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a quickly subsided head.

Aroma: Alcohol, roast, coconut. Sherry, dark chocolate.

Taste: Wood, roast, ash, bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ,low carbonation.

Overall: I had this at the first of my horizontal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1790) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2016
22 oz. bottle, dated 2015. Black pour, with a small, persistent, light brown head. The aroma is mild roasted coffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, rye, toffee, baking chocolate, and a bit of pipe tobacco. Sweet and roasty, with a mild bitterness and very little booziness. Heavy body, smooth, creamy, and a little harsh in the finish. This is a very well made stout, almost perfectly finished in barrels of one of my favorite whiskeys. Just lovely!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1761) - Lille, FRANCE - APR 28, 2015
Bottle at Home from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: coffee domination, caramel and bourbon barrel aged. Really amazing complexity. Need to taste it!!!! Taste: as the same on nose, this beer is amazing. Good coffee taste and roasted malt. Caramel complexity and bourbon barrel aged complexity. Very amazing palate. This beer is a MUST to try. Aftertaste: good bitterness and very well equilibrium. Coffee caramel and bourbon barrel aged finish. One of the best I try !!!


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